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The Sabre Charitable Trust
Dominic is an international development professional with 10 years experience of working in a variety of sectors on projects in Africa. Having co-founded the Sabre Trust in 2004, Dominic committed to the charity full time from 2008, initially as a volunteer, and then as a paid employee. In his current role as Managing Director, Dominic has overseen the strategic development of the Brighter Futures programme, whilst growing the charity's turnover tenfold in five years.
In 2012, Dominic was invited to join an international expert group supporting the Ghana Education Service on a review of the kindergarten sector. The team worked with the Ghana Education Service to develop a 5 year Operational Plan to Scale Up Quality Kindergarten Education Nationwide. This plan has received strong recognition for its extensive stakeholder participation and the scope and innovation of the proposed interventions. Through Sabre's Brighter Futures programme, Dominic is now committed to working with the Government of Ghana to realise the goals of the plan.
Holding a Masters Degree in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, Dominic is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and has spent time living and working in Ghana, Mozambique and Angola.
Married with two young children, Dominic lives in Cornwall in the west of England, where he leads Sabre's UK team.
It is so exciting to see this idea taking shape, and gaining such positive feedback. The teaching of phonics to under 5s is a core component of the Sabre Trust's work in Ghana, and the ability to further support teachers, and reach parents with a phone based teaching aid is incredibly exciting.
We believe we have a great testing ground in Ghana, working with engaged and enthusiastic teachers and student teachers, in a network of classrooms where parents are increasingly interested by what is happening at school, and keen to learn how they can help their 4 and 5 year old children get the best start to their educational journeys.
Fingers crossed that this project makes the final cut for Top Ideas - the potential to improve early education is tremendous, as so many of the comments on this thread have already recognised. What's more the concept is already in a pilot phase, using and adapting a phonics-based approach for pre-primary learning that has been tested and honed in the live classroom environment.
Well done to the team for all their efforts to far!
Hi Ismi - this concept has now been developed further in the ideas stage - you can read more here: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/ideas/phonics-by-phone-children-who-can-read-get-the-best-start-in-life
It might be worth re-posting your question in that forum. Though it might be helpful to clarify that the technology will be accessed by teachers and parents rather than the children themselves.
Hi John - thanks for your reply. I agree - it sounds like there is lots to share between Ghana and Tanzania, and between many other countries as well no doubt!
We are only working with government colleges in Ghana - there are 38 Government Colleges of Education, of which 7 are currently accredited to deliver the Early Childhood Diploma to train kindergarten teachers.
We are fortunate to work with two of these colleges at present, and their management teams, lecturers and students are proving to be very willing to embrace innovative new approaches to pre-service training.